M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” serves as a sequel and final chapter to both “Unbreakable” and “Split.” It stars James McAvoy as Patricia, Dennis, Hedwig, The Beast, Barry, Heinrich, Jade, Ian, Mary Reynolds, Norma, Jalin, Kat, B.T., Kevin Wendell Crumb, Mr. Pritchard, Felida, Luke, Goddard, Samuel, and Polly. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn/Overseer, Samuel L. Jackson returns Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, and Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple.
The cinematography for this movie is at times, stellar. They have some interesting camera shots that end up working out for them in a few scenes. The lighting and sets also have their moments, but unfortunately for all three, they’re not consistent.
“Glass” has a plethora of interesting concepts. The movie tackle the idea that these exceptional human beings may not be so exceptional, and that every one of their “supernatural abilities” are just a product of their damaged psyche trying to cover up their weaknesses. The fact that this serves as a sequel for two movies is also a unique concept.
But, having a concept isn’t enough. You need to actually do something with it.
While these ideas sound good on paper, concepts need to be complemented with smart directing, writing, and execution – Something that Shyamalan failed to do.
One of the biggest problems in this “superhero flick” is that it seems to be having an identity crisis. The sci-fi action of “Unbreakable” could possibly complement the thriller feeling from “Split” quite well, but it ends up being neither. As a thriller, it’s not thrilling, as a conclusion to a horror movie, it’s not very horrific, and as for a superhero movie, well … it’s not very super.
The script feels as if it was changed multiple times during production, and the writers may have just made stuff up along the way, as themes seem to disappear, characters seem to have bigger roles than they actually do, and style is always changing.
Shyamalan has been known for not having the strongest third acts.
The ending is not satisfying and may even make some long-time fans upset.
The actors in this movie are not the problem. McAvoy was obviously having fun with his role. His impressions and mannerisms are on par with his role in “Split.” Willis was not given a lot to work with as the character David Dunn, making him forgettable. Jackson is a mastermind, but it feels as if he comes in the movie way too late.
Paulson’s character has a problem in that you kind of know what is going to happen when she is on screen because she says the same things in a lot of her scenes.
“Glass” could have been a sign that Shyamalan is starting to come back to his “Sixth Sense” style of directing. Instead, audiences asked themselves, “What is the point?”
And to that, there may not be an answer.